Cybersecurity Personally Identifiable Information

Cybersecurity is a term used to describe methods and systems for protecting sensitive information in the electronic sphere. As more financial, business, and personal information becomes exclusively maintained and... more +
Cybersecurity is a term used to describe methods and systems for protecting sensitive information in the electronic sphere. As more financial, business, and personal information becomes exclusively maintained and stored electronically, the risks of attacks, leaks, and disclosures become more pronouced. The concept of Cybersecurity encompasses a broad array of issues, including governmental regulations to ward off cyber terrorists, industry data collection and maintenance practices, and consumer advocacy to ensure the privacy of individuals' personal and medical information.     less -
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Federal Employees’ Personal Information Compromised by Data Breach

In recent headlines, the Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) has begun notifying millions of federal employees that it may have lost their personal information earlier this month in a data breach. The data breach...more

RadioShack’s Consumer Data: A Highly Scrutinized Asset

Following the Texas Attorney General’s objection to the sale of RadioShack Corporation’s consumer data as an asset in its bankruptcy, 37 other state attorneys general and a large number of other consumer protection entities...more

Cybersecurity: Where Does the Buck Stop?

Over the last few months, we’ve been talking about cybersecurity issues for employers. We’ve discussed the responsibilities and risks associated with personally identifiable information and the wave of lawsuits resulting...more

The Internet of Things

In this Presentation: - Internet of Things - definition - But what is it all about? - But not just that... - The IoT market in figures... - Beecham Research - view of the World - The Connected...more

Legislative Alert: Bill S-4, an Act to amend Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) passed...

On June 18, 2015, Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act was passed by Canada’s House of Commons vote. Bill S-4 was previously passed by Canada’s Senate. The Digital Privacy Act includes important amendments to the Personal...more

Republican Senators Sought To Tie Cybersecurity Measure To Defense Bill

In the wake of the recent public disclosure of the massive breach into the Office of Personnel Management compromising the personal information of approximately 4 million individuals, Senators were hoping to tie a...more

Nevada Federal District Court Follows National Trend, Dismisses Data Breach Class Action for Lack of Standing

In granting a motion to dismiss a data breach putative class action lawsuit, the District of Nevada joined the majority of federal district courts in holding that plaintiffs whose personal information was stolen lack Article...more

Heartland Payment Systems suffers another data breach

Heartland Payment Systems suffered one of the largest breaches in history in 2008, when over 100 million credit and debit cards issued by hundreds of financial service companies were stolen from their payroll payment...more

New 2015 Laws Update Data Breach and Identity Theft in Washington and Oregon - Both States Set New Requirements for Notifying...

Washington and Oregon both recently updated laws that define data security and incident response requirements for breaches of consumers’ personal information. Details of these new requirements for each state are...more

Sally Beauty Reports 2nd Data Breach

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (Sally) confirmed that it has suffered a second data breach in the last year. On March 14, 2014, KrebsOnSecurity reported that credit cards stolen from Sally had gone up for sale on an Internet...more

Doing Business In Connecticut? There's A New Data Security Law You Should Get To Know

This week the Connecticut House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 949, "An Act Improving Data Security and Agency Effectiveness," (the "Act") which includes new or modified State requirements concerning the security of...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2015

In This Issue: - Second Circuit Rules Patriot Act Does Not Authorize Bulk Metadata Collection; Congress Reconsiders Certain Patriot Act Authorities - SEC Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Investment Companies...more

With the IRS breach, it’s clear your data is at risk

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, news of a major data breach, estimated to have affected 100,000 U.S. households’ tax returns. The data was wrongfully obtained from an IRS application...more

IRS Data Breach Results in Thousands of Fraudulent Tax Returns

On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, the IRS disclosed that a data breach of its online Get Transcript application occurred when sophisticated hackers attempted to access over 200,000 personal tax accounts. More importantly, however,...more

Healthcare Organizations not Immune from Criminal Attacks on Sensitive Information

This month, the Ponemon Institute released its Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data and its findings are generating a good deal of attention. In the past, the Study has found that most data...more

Nevada Broadens Definition of Personal Information for Purpose of Encryption and Breach Notices

On May 13, Nevada passed a new law (A.B. 179) expanding the definition of “personal information” to include a natural person’s first name or initial and last name in combination with: 1) medical and health insurance...more

Nevada Expands Definition of PI for Purposes of the State’s Breach and Safeguards Laws

Nevada’s recently amended law will, among other things, create the first state mandate to encrypt online account credentials. Specifically, on May 13, 2015, Nevada Governor Sandoval approved a bill (“AB 179”) to expand the...more

State AGs’ Interest in Privacy and Cybersecurity – No End in Sight – REDUX (or, if you prefer, we told you so…)

Reed Smith has been closely following the interest and activities of State AGs in the areas of privacy and cybersecurity, and recently blogged on a major NAAG (National Association of Attorneys General) conference in April on...more

Senator Leahy Introduces Data Privacy And Notification Law With Limited Preemption of State Law

On April 30, 2015, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced new data breach legislation. The proposed law would require companies to meet certain consumer privacy and data protection standards and to notify individuals within...more

Polsinelli Podcasts: Cloud Computing, From Cybersecurity to Confidentiality Issues [Video]

Hosting and securing data is a concern for both businesses and consumers. As companies and health systems are quickly adopting the idea of hosting data “in the cloud,” regulatory agencies are crafting laws to protect private...more

NLRB to define an employer’s duty to a labor union following a data breach

In October 2014, the United States Postal Service (USPS) disclosed a cybersecurity data breach affecting approximately 800,000 current and former employees. The USPS later determined that, for some, the breach may have...more

Implications of FCC's Record $25M Data Breach Settlement with AT&T

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced today that AT&T Services, Inc. (“AT&T”) agreed to a $25 million settlement to resolve the Commission’s investigation into whether AT&T failed to protect the...more

Privacy Bills Abound in Congress

Why it matters - From the President to Senators to Representatives, everyone in Washington, D.C. appears to be focused on privacy-related issues. Continuing his focus on cybersecurity, President Barack Obama signed an...more

Another Health Plan Hit By Massive CyberAttack and Class Actions Follow

Coming fresh off the heels of the Anthem data breach Premera Blue Cross announced on March 17th that it was the victim of a “sophisticated” cyberattack that may have exposed the personal information of approximately 11...more

New York Regulators Implement New Measures to Strengthen Cybersecurity in the Insurance Industry

The February 4, 2015 announcement of a data breach at a national health insurer highlighted the need for tighter cybersecurity measures in an industry entrusted with the security of large amounts of sensitive personal...more

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